MMA Fighter Rankings: List By Division

The Mixed Martial Arts fighter rankings are compiled from top talent from all the promotions and are based on recent performances and overall record. Check out the latest MMA odds here at OddsShark, then see the best specials and offers at top sportsbooks like Bovada.


Cain Velasquez is once again on the sidelines with an injury so newly-crowned UFC Interim Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will wait his return to establish who is the top big man in the sport. Alistair Overeem re-enters the Top 10 with a win over Stefan Struve, and Travis Browne moves up a couple of spots with an impressive win over Brendan Schaub.

Heavyweight Rankings
  • 1. Cain Velasquez  - Champion (UFC)
  • 2. Fabricio Werdum - Interim Champion (UFC)
  • 3. Junior dos Santos (UFC)
  • 4. Travis Browne (UFC)
  • 5. Stipe Miocic (UFC)
  • 6. Josh Barnett (UFC)
  • 7. Vitaly Minakov (Bellator)
  • 8. Andrei Arlovski (UFC)
  • 9. Alistair Overeem (UFC)
  • 10. Ben Rothwell (UFC)

Light Heavyweight

The Light Heavyweight division continues to be stacked with top-ranked fighters battling for the top five spots. Alexander Gustafsson drops down following his loss to Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader moves up in the rankings after beating Phil Davis. Emanuel Newton also makes his way into the rankings despite not fighting in the UFC.

Light Heavyweight Rankings
  • 1. Jon Jones - Champion (UFC)
  • 2. Anthony Johnson (UFC)
  • 3. Alexander Gustafsson (UFC)
  • 4. Daniel Cormier (UFC)
  • 5. Rashad Evans (UFC)
  • 6. Glover Teixeira (UFC)
  • 7. Ryan Bader (UFC)
  • 8. Phil Davis (UFC)
  • 9. Ovince Saint Preux (UFC)
  • 10. Emanuel Newton (Bellator)


Chris Weidman was able to shock the world with two KO wins over long-time champion Anderson Silva to take over the top spot in the Middleweight rankings. Luke Rockhold climbs in the rankings with an impressive win over Costa Philippou, while Lyoto Machida holds the No. 4 spot despite a loss to Chris Weidman.

Middleweight Rankings
  • 1. Chris Weidman - Champion (UFC)
  • 2. Vitor Belfort (UFC)
  • 3. Jacare Souza (UFC)
  • 4. Lyoto Machida (UFC)
  • 5. Luke Rockhold (UFC)
  • 6. Yoel Romero (UFC)
  • 7. Tim Kennedy (UFC)
  • 8. Michael Bisping (UFC)
  • 9. Gegard Mousasi (UFC)
  • 10. Yushin Okami (WSOF)


The Welterweight division has finally opened up following the sabbatical announcement by champion Georges St-Pierre. Newly-crowned UFC Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler is now atop the ranking with Rory MacDonald waiting for his title shot, and Ben Askren continues to climb with another impressive KO win.

Welterweight Rankings
  • 1. Robbie Lawler - Champion (UFC)
  • 2. Johny Hendricks (UFC)
  • 3. Rory MacDonald (UFC)
  • 4. Ben Askren (ONE FC)
  • 5. Tyron Woodley (UFC)
  • 6. Hector Lombard (UFC)
  • 7. Matt Brown (UFC)
  • 8. Jake Ellenberger (UFC)
  • 9. Demian Maia (UFC)
  • 10. Tarec Saffiedine (UFC)


Rafael dos Anjos shocked the MMA world with a dominant title-winning performance over Anthony Pettis, taking over the top spot in the Lightweight rankings. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Donald Cerrone will soon battle to see who gets the first shot at the new champion.

Lightweight Rankings
  • 1. Rafael dos Anjos - Champion (UFC)
  • 2. Anthony Pettis (UFC)
  • 3. Khabib Nurmagomedov (UFC)
  • 4. Donald Cerrone (UFC)
  • 5. Gilbert Melendez (UFC)
  • 6. Benson Henderson (UFC)
  • 7. Michael Johnson (UFC)
  • 8. Myles Jury (UFC)
  • 9. Edson Barboza (UFC)
  • 10. Will Brooks (Bellator)


Jose Aldo rules the Featherweight division but could be making a move up to Lightweight at any time. Chad Mendes regains the No. 1 contender spot, and an impressive win for Frankie Edgar moves him into third. Connor McGregor climbs to fifth spot following a dazzling win over Dustin Poirier.

Featherweight Rankings
  • 1. Jose Aldo - Champion (UFC)
  • 2. Chad Mendes (UFC)
  • 3. Frank Edgar (UFC)
  • 4. Connor McGregor (UFC)
  • 5. Ricardo Lamas (UFC)
  • 6. Cub Swanson (UFC)
  • 7. Dustin Poitier (UFC)
  • 8. Nik Lentz (UFC)
  • 9. Dennis Bermudez (UFC)
  • 10. Charles Olivira (UFC)


T.J. Dillashaw shocked the world with an impressive win over former pound-for-pound Top 5 Renan Barao. The new Bantamweight champ opens up lots of opportunities for top-ranked contenders, but the impressive return of former champ Dominick Cruz is sure to add lots of drama to the mix.

Bantamweight Rankings
  • 1. T.J. Dillashaw - Champion (UFC)
  • 2. Dominick Cruz (UFC)
  • 3. Renan Barao (UFC)
  • 4. Urijah Faber (UFC)
  • 5. Raphael Assuncao (UFC)
  • 6. Michael McDonald (UFC)
  • 7. Takeya Mizugaki (UFC)
  • 8. Eddie Wineland (UFC)
  • 9. Luri Alcantara (UFC)
  • 10. Johnny Eduardo (UFC)


The Flyweight division crowned Demetrious Johnson as the first UFC Flyweight champion and he has solidified that crown with impressive wins over all the top contenders. John Dodson finds himself back in top contender position by default following Johnson title defenses against Joseph Benavidez and John Moraga.

Flyweight Rankings
  • 1. Demetrious Johnson - Champion (UFC)
  • 2. John Dodson (UFC)
  • 3. Joseph Benavidez (UFC)
  • 4. Ian McCall (UFC)
  • 5. John Moraga (UFC)
  • 6. Jussier Formiga (UFC)
  • 7. Ali Bagautinov (UFC)
  • 8. John Lineker (UFC)
  • 9. Chris Cariaso (UFC)
  • 10. Kyoji Horiguchi (UFC)

Women’s Bantamweight

The Women’s Bantamweight division is ruled by MMA superstar Ronda Rousey, who most recently defended her title against Cat Zingano in impressive fashion. Next for Rousey will be Bethe Correia or Holly Holm.

Women's Bantamweight Rankings
  • 1. Ronda Rousey - Champion (UFC)
  • 2. Cat Zingano (UFC)
  • 3. Miesha Tate (UFC)
  • 4. Alexis Davis (UFC)
  • 5. Sara McMann (UFC)
  • 6. Sarah Kaufman (UFC)
  • 7. Jessica Eye (UFC)
  • 8. Bethe Correia (UFC)
  • 9 Liz Carmouche (UFC)
  • 10. Holly Holm (UFC)


The UFC recently completed The Ultimate Fighter 20 crowning Carla Esparza as the first UFC Strawweight champion, but she was unable to defend the title. Joanna Jedrzejczk now reigns over the 115-pound women’s division, but MMA fans may be in for more surprises as the division works out a dominant champion.

Women's Strawweight Rankings
  • 1. Joanna Jedrzejczk - Champion (UFC)
  • 2. Carla Esparza (UFC)
  • 3. Claudia Gadelha (UFC)
  • 4. Jessica Penne (UFC)
  • 5. Rose Namajunas (UFC)
  • 6. Tecia Torres (UFC)
  • 7. Joanne Calderwood (UFC)
  • 8. Randa Markos (UFC)
  • 9. Felice Herrig (UFC)
  • 10. Aisling Daly (UFC)